Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Where's the money coming from?
OK, my question is for the city. What are you thinking? On Friday, April 9, on page one of the Juneau Empire the headline reads "City's deficit may force cuts in bus service," then continues to page 10, "Budget: City manager proposes cutting more than 11 full-time positions."

Talk of principles, not people
It is interesting to me that so many opinions concerning peace are steeped in hatred. I wonder why someone's views must include the names of fellow humans?

Encourage responsible dog ownership
I agree with Bob Armstrong that dogs should be "controlled" when walking on the Mendenhall/airport dike trail (and other areas as well). However, I do not think keeping dogs leashed is necessarily the answer. It certainly may be for some dogs, particularly at sensitive times of the year.

Jobs help Ketchikan, stay in region
What about the positive impact of the community of Juneau sharing its state-funded jobs with Ketchikan? Ketchikan has had a depressed economy for the past seven years with loss of revenue and loss of people.

Hypocrites opposing development
I would like to respond to the "Cut fossil fuels" letter that was in the Friday, April 9, Empire. It's funny how people who: are opposed to logging like to live in wood houses; are opposed to mining like to wear gold jewelry; opposed to fishing yet like to eat fish; opposed to hunting but enjoy eating most of the food in the animal kingdom; and oppose drilling for oil but love the fact that their homes are heated and have electricity.

Time for regime change in this country too
Here we are in our magnificence, our indifference, the new Rome, complete with our senators, our political dynasties, our emperors-in-waiting. As the world's only remaining superpower our military can rain death from the skies virtually anywhere in the world.

Trail fits with airport
In response to Mr. Larry Knecht's letter on Friday, April 9 ("Juneau has a right to a safe airport"), I telephoned him and introduced myself to discuss some of the points he had raised about the Empire's April 5 "Juneau Color" feature about me. I want to clear up any misconceptions his letter may have caused to other readers.

Wake up, America: Pay attention and vote
Let's take a step back and, without taking party sides, evaluate the condition of politics in America today. With another election just around the proverbial corner, I find it necessary to point out a few disgusting truths we all seem to be ignoring.

Tax us, but don't cut morning buses
I am a property owner who has just written the Juneau Assembly asking them to tax me more, and I hope my fellow readers will do the same. I read in Friday's Juneau Empire that some of the cuts anticipated in the next CBJ budget are the delay of half-hour bus service until 11 a.m. and charging "people with disabilities and senior citizens $12 for monthly bus passes and single cash fare." These two groups currently ride free.

Juneau cuts necessities, while paying for extras
Back a few years ago when the entire nation was facing an economic and government budget downturn, when all governments started facing tough choices, Juneau still acted like it was the free-flowing 1990s. We pushed through the ice rink, Eaglecrest services and the waterfront plan, and a cosmetic (but debatably un-educational) readjustment of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Bus center plan inspires discussion of private parking
Faced with a decision on plans for new downtown bus facilities Tuesday night, city planning commissioners expressed concern for the availability of public parking.

Around Town
Today Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's Restaurant. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Planners given reduced classroom recommendation
Planners for the new Mendenhall Valley high school should cut about 12 classrooms and a kitchen from the school budget to cover a projected $1.8 million funding shortfall, city officials recommended Tuesday.

Juneau man lost in Harlequin Lake
Divers from Juneau were scheduled to fly to Harlequin Lake this morning to recover the body of a Juneau man presumed dead after falling through the ice Saturday, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Around Town
Today: Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

City bans skaters in park during tourist visits
Despite opposition from some skaters, the Juneau Assembly unanimously passed an ordinance Monday prohibiting skateboards and similar devices from the Marine Park Plaza when tourist buses and vans are there.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1938, the steamer Tongass, of the Alaska Transportation Company, arrived in Juneau on her first Alaska voyage.

Let the music begin
Eric McDowell of Juneau talks to the audience during his performance on the first night of the 30th Alaska Folk Festival on Monday at Centennial Hall.

Nelson remembered for love of outdoors
Southeast Alaska is emptier this week without Mike Nelson around to teach people about the outdoors, a friend and business partner said Tuesday.

National groundswell spurs lesbian couple to wed
After more than 12 years together, Juneau residents Karen Wood and Darla Madden have decided to take the next big step in their relationship and marry, even though they aren't allowed to legally in Alaska.

Kate Troll takes on Kilimanjaro to raise funds for fighting cancer
Kate Troll knows that the difficulty of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro doesn't begin to approach the ordeal of a cancer patient, but she hopes to honor several friends who died of the disease when she tackles the mountain this fall.

Assembly OKs convenience-store expansion
Convenience stores will be allowed to nearly double in size, upsetting some who worry about safety and alcohol use, the Juneau Assembly decided Monday.

Governor addresses teens on tobacco tax
Anti-tobacco cheerleaders waved pom-poms and passed out smoked salmon as dancing cigarette butts gyrated to the tune of Kool and the Gang's "Celebration" Tuesday during a rally on the steps of the state Capitol.

No-show male strippers leave owner of bar in a bind
Robby Harris said disappointing women was the last thing he wanted to do four months ago when he booked the Men of Playgirl to appear at his bar last week.

Fetal alcohol clinic opens in Juneau
Hundreds of children and adults in Juneau may suffer from fetal alcohol disorders and not know it, enduring short-term memory loss, depression and learning disabilities.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Neighbors Digest
Art 'n Garden Fair booth applications The deadline for booth applications for the June 13 Juneau Art 'n Garden Fair has been extended to May 1.

Spring
A fisheman and his dog troll for spring king salmon last week in Fritz Cove.

Thank you
... from the shipyard

On the importance of grieving
Whenever I make a new acquaintance, I often find myself having to demystify the work I do for Hospice & Home Care of Juneau. Not unexpectedly, many people feel uncomfort

They like math, but it's hard to put it into words
The nice thing about mathematics is ... you don't have to put the answers into words, says one Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School student who competed in a state Mathcounts contest early last month in Anchorage.

By the People Project launches local events
Ten community organizations have joined forces to encourage Juneau residents to learn more and talk more about foreign policy issues that affect them as Juneauites and Americans.

Diane Ruth Fawcett
Juneau resident Diane Ruth Fawcett, 41, died April 10, 2004, in Juneau.

Aerial pesticide spraying permit may harm forests
Imagine picking blueberries on a sunny hillside in August. The trees have been cut nearly 30 years ago, but berry bushes, alder and spruce are growing back all over the place.

Empire editorial: Partial skateboard ban a reasonable compromise
Thumbs up to the Juneau Assembly for its ban Monday on the use of skateboards and other such recreational devices at the downtown Marine Plaza Park during the times summer tourist traffic is heaviest.

Alaska editorial: Act like a sovereign state, not a colony to oil producers
Rep. Eric Croft wants Alaskans to vote on whether to impose a reserves tax on North Slope natural gas if the major oil companies won't move it to market.

Sustenance bill is just a ploy that favors urban fishermen
A laska Senate Bill No. 318, "An act relating to a preference for Alaska residents in the consumptive uses of fish and game," has recently attracted the attention of commercial fishermen. If passed, the new law will raise allocations of fish and game for "sustenance" to a "very high preference" over all other allocations and hurt commercial fishermen.

Seablazers take to the road
Women's hockey in Juneau is about to skate to a new level. The Capital City Seablazers - comprised of 18 local women - will head to Anchorage this weekend for the Alaska State Women's Hockey Tournament. When they set foot on the ice at the Tesoro Sports Centre, the Seablazers will be the first Juneau women's hockey team to play a game on the road.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS • Juneau Soccer Club U12 girls competitive team tryout - Tryouts for the JSC U12 girls competitive team (born Aug. 1, 1992, through July 31, 1993) will be held on Sunday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

High expectations
When the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team took the field last year the Crimson Bears didn't know what to expect.

JDHS track team sees huge turnout
Some people might think the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team is in a rebuilding year after losing two former state champions and several other key players to graduation. But that's not the case.

Juneau Parks and Rec Co-Ed Volleyball Standings
The standings through matches of April 4 for the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's 2004 coed volleyball leagues.

Cavs close out home schedule with a win
CLEVELAND - LeBron James yanked off his game jersey, kicked off his sneakers and walked to midcourt in his socks to hand the items over to some lucky fans.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS: Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer - Spring Fever event: The Crimson Bear boys and girls host teams from Chugiak, Palmer and Pagosa Springs (Colo.) at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Defending champs avoid falling into 0-3 hole
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A lot of determination and a little luck got the defending champion New Jersey Devils back into their first-round playoff series with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Juneau grad, Phillies scout
When Chad Bentz made his major league debut last week as a Montreal Expos relief pitcher, he became the second Alaskan and first from Juneau to make it to the big leagues as a player.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports

GOP chairman faces state ethics probe
ANCHORAGE - The state attorney general's office is investigating possible ethics law violations by Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich when he worked last year as one of three members of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1959, the Detroit '59'ers canceled plans to settle on homesteads on the Kenai Peninsula and traveled to sites in Susitna and Fairbanks instead.

Eldred Rocks
Eldred Rock Lighthouse keeps watch over Lynn Canal below the towering backdrop of the Chilkat Range on Easter Sunday morning.

Buoy collection
Buoys hang from a hand rail on the fish tender Rogue late last week at Casey Moran boat harbor in Ketchikan.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Visas hard to come by for Japanese roe technicians
KETCHIKAN - Alaska's salmon industry will suffer if Japanese roe technicians can't obtain visas to work in the United States this year.

State questions facts in wolf ads
ANCHORAGE - The public opinion battle over killing Alaska wolves from the air continues, even as the programs wind down with the end of winter.

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